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Language of Material:
University of California, Davis, UC Davis Library, Department of Special Collections
Title: Bob (Robert G.) Thompson Papers on Wine Writing
Identifier/Call Number: D-625
4.5 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1960-2014
Abstract: Bob (Robert G.) Thompson (1934-) is a
California-based wine writer. He is the author or co-author of several books on California wines, and the author of the
San Francisco Examiner's weekly wine column from 1970 to 2000. His papers include correspondence, manuscripts,
published writings, menus and invitations to California wine events, reference files, ephemera, and a small set of materials
related to Mr. Thompson's professional activities as a whole.
Physical Location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections,
as many are stored offsite
Bob (Robert G.) Thompson (1934-) is a California-based wine writer. During his forty-year career, Thompson focused on
California wines with an emphasis on wine as a beverage to accompany food. He is the author or co-author of several books
Pocket Encyclopedia of California Wine,
Wine Atlas of California and the Pacific Northwest, and
The California Wine Book (with Hugh Johnson). Bob Thompson is perhaps best known as a wine journalist: most
notably, he wrote the
San Francisco Examiner's weekly wine column from 1970 to 2000. Thompson has also written for
Sunset Magazine, the Slow Food publications
California Magazine, and
American Wine and Food: The American Institute of Wine and Food Monthly among many others.
Scope and Contents
The collection includes correspondence; draft manuscripts; articles written by Bob Thompson, including an extensive set of
articles for the
San Francisco Examiner; menus and invitations to California wine events; reference files on California wine
and wineries; ephemera; and a small set of materials related to Mr. Thompson's professional activities as a whole.
The collection is arranged in six series: 1. Correspondence; 2. Writings by Bob Thompson; 3. Professional Activities; 4.
Reference Files on California Wines and Winemakers; 5. Invitations and Menus; and 6. Ephemera.
Collection is open for research.
Liz Phillips processed this collection with the help of student assistants Monica Doan and Robyn Lam.
Gift of Bob Thompson, 2017.
[Identification of item], Bob (Robert G.) Thompson Papers on Wine Writing, D-625, Special Collections, UC Davis Library,
University of California, Davis.
All applicable copyrights for the collection are protected under chapter 17 of the U.S. Copyright Code. Requests for
permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the physical items. It is
not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Wine and wine making
Wine writers -- California
Wine and wine making -- California -- Periodicals
Thompson, Bob, 1934- --